Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater

I almost threw in the towel on my weekly challenges because one of them seems to be proving to be too difficult. Because I was failing at one then I was a failure at all.

How ridiculous!  Thank goodness I realized what was happening and have put my foot down!

On 4/27, I planned to start checking things off my To Do list.  My To Do list is too long, but for right now I am going to have to accept that fact. Every time I check something off, something new gets added.

It is just where I am in my life right now, and that is ok. I plan to keep an eye on my To Do list, but if it does not diminish at the rate I hoped I will not beat myself over about it.

Too much pressure.

So, to relieve the pressure this week’s challenge will be to meditate for 5 minutes every day. I have a couple of resources, but would love to hear recommendations that are either free or inexpensive.  Please share in the comments!

Update on previous weekly challenges:

On 4/27, I had 218 items on my To Do list and my challenge was to decrease that number. On 5/4 I was horrified to realize my To Do list grew to 222 items. I am happy to report I am down to 200 items on the list.  Slow progress, but that is okay!

On 4/20/15, I vowed to become more active. My goal was to earn 3 Activity Points every single day, unfortunately this week I had one inactive day – but I did earn 1 point that day.  The rest of the week was stellar, earning between 4 and 7 points each day for a total of 30 APs! This week’s goal is earn a minimum of 4 APs per day, every day.

On 4/15/15, I challenged myself to track (food journal) everything I ate. I have tracked every day since…even when I had a steak dinner with a couple of scoops of dessert and a 55 point Mother’s Day brunch buffet!

On 4/13/15, I challenged myself to declutter one corner at a time. Two corners and 4 draws are complete.  Four other draws have been started. And, we opened our summer weekend rental and managed to find a place for everything, so I am making sure we start with no clutter there!

On 4/8/15, I challenged myself to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  I seem to be finding full success on an average of 5 days per week, and the other two days are just slightly less. I find the days I am in the car most are the most problematic. I am going to continue to work at this!

PSA of the Day (again)… Stick to your goals!

Oops!

I need a mulligan! A redo! Do over!

The last few days I have gone a bit off track. I haven’t been blogging or following my personal challenges as well as I would like to be. I can make many excuses why, but I am not going to…I am just pushing the RESET button and starting again right now with this post.

This week’s challenge is to get back on track!

Update on previous weekly challenges:

On 4/27, I stated I will work to check things off my To Do list.  I thought of everything that needed to be done and added it to my already long list and was horrified that it was 218 items long. Well, imagine my complete shock when the list started to grow the next day instead of shrink!  CRAZY!!!!

My list now stands at 222 items and my goal remains to check of 2 – 3 items per week until I get the list down to only 100 items.

On 4/20/15, I vowed to become more active. I met (and exceeded) my weekly goal of earning 2 Activity Point (Weight Watchers metric) every day. I actually earned between 3 and 7 points each day for a total of 38 APs in the past week. This week, my goal is to earn a minimum of 3 APs per day, every day.

On 4/15/15, I challenged myself to track (food journal) everything I ate. I have tracked every day since…even when I ate 55 points at a party and when I had a steak dinner with a couple of scoops of dessert!

On 4/13/15, I challenged myself to declutter one corner at a time. Two corners and 4 draws are complete.  Four other draws have been started. And, we opened our summer weekend rental and managed to find a place for everything, so I am making sure we start with no clutter there!

On 4/8/15, I challenged myself to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  This week I only accomplished this 4 days, but the other 3 days I still drank approximately 6 glasses…so it is all still an improvement. I find the days I am in the car most are the most problematic. I am going to work harder at this!

PSA of the Day… Stick to your goals!

Organizational Goddess…yeah, right!!!

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I am an organizational goddess….under a full moon, in my dreams, in an alternate universe.

My fantasy is for everything to have a place and to have a place for everything. No clutter on counter tops. No junk draws. No pile of magazines. Etc. Etc. Etc!

I may not be living this fantasy, but I am working hard to declutter and organize one corner at a time.

This week I focused on four bathroom draws that were in dire need. I am shocked and embarrassed by how many expired medications we had in there! There was also a ton of junk and things that belonged in other places.

Lots of stuff was thrown out, other items were moved to their proper location.

Success!!! I have de-cluttered and now need to go buy some draw organizers to corral the rest of the stuff.

Here are the before and after photos (some look better than others, but trust me…this is a huge improvement!):

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Daily Prompt: The Full Moon

I Have TO DO What???

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I have lost control of my To Do list…or more to the point, it is now controlling me!  Help!

I use Toodledo to keep track of what needs to get done, but there are currently so many things on my list that I forgot to call my favorite (only) niece for her birthday! I felt like the most horrible aunt ever when I realized.

Part of my problem is that every time I check something off my list, I end up adding two new things.  Right now my list stands at 218 items. TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN! Yikes!

Many items are recurring and routine daily, weekly or monthly stuff such as get the mail, pay the bills, change the filters, etc. At this point in my life, if it doesn’t get written down, it doesn’t get done!

My goal is to get the list to 100 items in less than a year. I plan to do this by completing 2 – 3 items every single week.

What tools or tricks do you use to get your To Dos to become To Dones?

Update on previous weekly challenges:

On 4/20/15, I vowed to become more active. I met (and exceeded) my weekly goal of earning 1 Activity Point (Weight Watchers metric) every day. I actually earned between 2 and 6 points each day for a total of 25 APs in the past week. This week, my goal is to earn a minimum of 2 APs per day, every day.

On 4/15/15, I challenged myself to track (food journal) everything I ate. I have tracked every day since…even when I ate the 16 point Nutella Pizza and had a party where I ate 55 points!

On 4/13/15, I challenged myself to declutter one corner at a time. Two corners are complete. I moved out of the office and began organizing four bathroom draws that were in extreme desperate need.  I will report more on this tomorrow.

On 4/8/15, I challenged myself to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  I have managed to accomplish this every day since then except for two. It seems days that I am spending more than 4 hours in a car create a challenge. On the days that I can’t drink 8 glasses I am still making sure to stay fully hydrated by drinking 5 – 6 glasses those days.

PSA of the Day… Make a list and check it twice!

What goals have you set for yourself?

Small Changes, Big Results

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Change a little; improve a lot…that is my motto right now.

I am trying to add one new, small habit each week in the hopes of improving some aspects of me.

So, in response to today’s Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm)  if I was to write a book, the book jacket would look something like this:

Small Changes, Big Results is an international best seller. After spending a year making small changes to her daily routine, the author, known as SS, saw great improvements in her health and happiness.

Starting from a place of happy, but not all that healthy, SS decided to focus on eating right and moving more. She strictly followed the Weight Watchers program and incorporated exercise slowly, but regularly into her day.

Also recognizing the necessity to declutter and organize her life, SS focused on improving ‘one corner at a time’. This goal was quickly achieved by incorporating easy to accomplish tasks into her daily and weekly routine.

High on SS’s to do list was improving her personal relationships as well at the world that surrounds her. With a little research and advanced planning, paired with tiny adjustments to her schedule, SS found ways to spend more quality time with the ones she loved doing fun and exciting things. She also carved out time monthly to volunteer on projects to help improve her community.

Small changes are not difficult…you can do it too! Join us on a journey to becoming the best you, you can be. You…the same…only better!

PSA of the Day…small changes can create big results.

Focus List of Ten

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The new me – same as the old me – just the best me that I can be!

I am challenging myself to focus on the ten things listed below that are important to me and can use a little improvement.

Some I have started already, others will become more of a focus in the coming weeks.

I am happy being me and living my particular life. I am grateful for all that I have…because I have a lot! But that doesn’t mean I don’t need improvement. Everyone needs improvement, because no one is perfect. (I apologize if you are perfect…I do not mean to offend anyone!)

Here is my Focus List of Ten:

#1- Weight Loss (Food): Taking accountability for what I eat and improve my daily diet. I am on Weight Watchers and have committed to tracking every little bite that goes into my mouth!

#2- Weight Loss (Activity): I have committed to moving more every single day.

#3- Organize: Many aspects of my life are organized, but my physical and electronic spaces are disasters in great need of attention. I am working slowly to make necessary improvements (one corner of my life at a time)!

#4- Learning: There are so many things I want to learn…the world is such an interesting place. Right now I am focusing on learning to blog, but there are many other items on the list to learn!

#5- Relationships: Strong friend and family relationships are so important to our happiness, so I want to maintain and grow my current relationship and maybe even create some new ones. I love being part of a community and I am starting to feel part of the blogging community.

#6- Giving Back: I make donations often, but I don’t give enough of my time and energy to improving my world.

#7- Mindfulness: I would like to start to meditate and do yoga.

#8- Fun Stuff: I don’t want to let daily life get in the way of fun stuff. I want to do more fun stuff!!!

#9- Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone: I want to step out of my comfort zone more often. I don’t think that means daily, but maybe weekly.

#10- Decorating: This one freaks me out. I can’t even admit out loud how long we have lived in our home without painting or hanging a picture. I know many of you love this, but for me it is a fear much higher on the list than public speaking!

What are you focusing on improving? Any tips you can provide to help with my improvements are greatly appreciated!

PSA of the Day…Make a list to focus on and then focus on that list!

Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List

We Can See the Floor!!!

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My husband announced last night with glee that we can finally see the floor in our study!

This is the first time this is true since we moved in…and I am not admitting to how long ago that was. I am so excited that we are going to get to use this room soon as it has basically been a storage facility!

Last week I decluttered the first corner and now the second corner is complete!

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I wish I had taken a before picture that showed the mess behind the red chair, but sadly I didn’t. There was a mess back there! Now I still have a bunch of pictures, frames and mirrors that will be hung in the Fall when we fully decorate this room (and others), but other than that it is cleared out!

Two more corners – two more weeks – and the room will be done decluttering! Yippie!!!

To manage this project I collected about one bag of garbage and one bag of items to be donated. Everything else found its proper home somewhere else!

I am so excited!  What tricks do you have for decluttering?

On a side note:

I was nominated again for a Liebster Award by Second Catalogue.  I was nominated previously by Fearless Fitness (you can see my response post here).

I am going to do this again because I think it is a fabulous way to discover new blogs and meet other bloggers.

According to these rules, you are supposed to list 11 facts about the person behind the words.  So here are 11 facts about me:

  1. I am in my forties (how did that happen?)
  2. I live in suburban NY
  3. I have two stepsons
  4. I have an amazing husband
  5. I began blogging 2 weeks ago and love it!
  6. I am spending time improving myself and hopefully the world around me
  7. I love the beach
  8. I love to laugh
  9. I would like to participate in a 5K this summer – and by participate I mean walk, not run…and not be the last to finish!
  10. I love to travel
  11. I have some big decorating projects in my near future that are scaring me silly!

11 Questions:

1. Where was your most favorite place to travel to?  Turks and Caicos

2. What did you study in college, and what is your profession now? Studied psychology, but I am a marketing professional.

3. Favorite word?  Happy

4. If you had to leave earth, what three things would you take with you?  My husband and two stepsons (although their mother may have a small issue with this!)

5. Blonde, brunette or redhead?  Brunette

6. Favorite childhood cartoon?  Jetsons

7. What’s the story behind your blog name?  The plan was to share information that I thought was important

8. Who is your role model and what have you taken away from them?  I don’t have one specific role model, but I do look to people who are living happy, fun-filled, successful lives.

9. Winter or summer?  Summer

10. Favorite cuisine?  Unfortunately, all!

11. If you could choose an animal that represents yourself, what would you be?  Dolphin

My Nominees

I am going to stick with the theme of my post and include blogs that I am following that focus on organization and decorating (which my study will be getting soon enough!)

For the nominees and those interested in the Liebster Awards, the rules are at the bottom of the post.

  1. http://myhomedesign.me/
  2. https://nicecurtains.wordpress.com/
  3. http://thetidycorner.com/
  4. http://www.simpleighorganized.com/
  5. https://asezasabc.wordpress.com/
  6. https://livingthetinylife.wordpress.com/about/
  7. https://sothisismyplace.wordpress.com/
  8. https://gaurichauhan.wordpress.com/
  9. http://seasideandsage.com/
  10. https://fabulousorganization.wordpress.com/
  11. https://kwdesignblog1.wordpress.com/

The Rules:

Thank and link back to the person(s) who nominated you and display the award

– Answer their 11 questions the nominee asked
– Give 11 Random facts about yourself
– Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers
– Notify the bloggers you chose for the award
– Make a list of 11 different questions for you nominees to answer (I would like my nominees to answer the same questions!)